Life As I Know It: August

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Life As I Know It August Merida

I guess with all things in life, “you know when you know,” right? 

As I walked into Tekik de Regil after viewing a handful of properties in Mérida, my heart skipped a beat and a feeling of comfort, relief and joy came over me. “This one’s a contender,” my fiancé said as we both walked through the palatial hallways in awe at the hand painted ceilings, crumbling walls and old, regal charm. My mom, reluctant at first at the thought of doing a destination wedding, gasped as she set foot inside the church. In that moment, all three of us knew… 

Blouse: (c/o) Mi Golondrina SkirtJohanna Ortiz Belt: Johanna Ortiz Earrings: Oscar de la Renta Sandals: Miista

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow shares her Life As I Know It: August

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Life As I Know It August Merida

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Life As I Know It August Merida

But before we get into why we’re doing a destination wedding in Mexico (and not Palm Beach or Miami), let’s talk about the first few properties we visited and why we scratched them off the list. 

The first property we visited was an old henequen plantation-turned-hacienda called Yaxcopoil. Dating back to the 17th century, this hacienda is a Spanish colonial goldmine. It’s considered to be one of the most important haciendas in the Yucatan and contains original furniture, artwork and books. Everything from million dollar weddings to movies have been shot at Yaxcopoil. PROS: it’s beautiful, but you need to have a vision to execute what you want because there’s not much around you. CONS: Although very affordable, Yaxcopoil is very rural and not for everyone, specifically our guests who may want something a bit more upscale. 

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Life As I Know It August Yaxcopoil, Merida

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Life As I Know It August Yaxcopoil, Merida

The second property we visited was part of the Luxury Collection called Hacienda San Jose. Our favorite hacienda from the collection was Hacienda Uayamon, but looking back it’s way too far for our guests (2 hours from Mérida) so we nixed it all together. We considered San Jose because it’s part of Marriott (a name we know and trust) and a fully functioning hotel with all amenities. PROS: has a few spots, including a row of palm trees and old archway, that would make for incredible backdrops to photos. CONS: a little too rustic for our tastes. 

Style Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Life As I Know It August Hacienda San Jose, Merida

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Life As I Know It August Hacienda San Jose, Merida

The third property we saw was on my Pinterest board, Hacienda Sac Chich. When pinning images to my mood board, I felt this property was the one, however upon arrival, I learned it was too small for our wedding party (between 125-150) guests. While there are other locations near the property that can host larger parties, the little spot pinned on my Pinterest board can’t, so we said no. PROS: Family members can stay on property with you during the wedding; perfect for intimate weddings. CONS: Cannot host wedding reception larger than 75 guests in the courtyard, which in my opinion, is the best spot. Does not have a church. 

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Life As I Know It August Sac Chic, Merida

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Life As I Know It August Sac Chic, Merida

Style Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Life As I Know It August Sac Chic, Merida

The last property we visited was Hacienda Tekik de Regil. This hacienda is next level gorgeous and perfect for unique weddings. It’s also one of the few haciendas that still has original buildings from the colonial era during the 16th century, which is my jam. It has a main house (where most of the wedding receptions take place), a chapel (where you can have symbolic weddings; you also must be married prior to having a wedding here), two swimming pools, ample guest bathrooms and two suites. It’s about 40 minutes from Mérida and the drive there isn’t the most scenic; it’s old road in the middle of the Yucatan. However, upon walking in you’re transported back to an era that feels like the Spanish version of the Great Gatsby – I’m blown away by its charm. PROS: it’s stunning, large (can host up to 1000 guests) and unique. CONS: it’s 40 minutes outside of Mérida and may require you to charter out-of-town guests. 

Style Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Life As I Know It August Tekik de Regil, Merida

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Life As I Know It August Hacienda San Jose, Merida

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Life As I Know It August Hacienda San Jose, Merida

So, which one did we go with? 

It was a tough decision, but we went with…

 Hacienda Tekik de Regil

Why Mexico? 

Mérida was the first city we traveled to as a couple. We were less than one year in and madly in love. After my fiancé’s family left Cuba, they moved to Mexico for 10+ years. And I personally visited Mexico quite often having grown up in Texas – so let’s just say Mexico is a special place to us and one we cannot wait to share with our closest family and friends… 

Xo, Stephanie

P.S.: I shot this entire trip on my iPhone and knowing how crazy I am about producing high quality content, it was incredibly refreshing and freeing! It may seem like a small feat to those reading but for me, it’s HUGE. Hope you enjoyed…

6 Comments

  • Ah I love this! My husband and I got married in Mexico City in May, after falling in love with the city last year! It just felt so special to us and we wanted to share it with our closest friends and family. Merida looks so gorgeous and is next on my list for Mexico! Such a special country.

  • While I love your usual high-quality photos, I must say your iPhone photos are SO good too, so I’m sure your readers will appreciate them all the same! All these locations look gorgeous. If you decide to share your wedding pictures in the future, I’m sure they’ll be breathtaking <3

    xo, Liyana | The Good Weekender

  • Stephanie,
    I totally enjoyed seeing your photos of possible wedding locations. All of the locations are amazing. The rich colors of Gold, Red & Green and the architecture is what makes Mexico so beautiful.
    I love the story behind you choosing Mexico. It will be a sentimental & beautiful location. I look forward to following you as you continue to make decisions and love that you allow your followers to be a part of it. Thank you ☺️

    • Tami,

      That is so sweet and truly thoughtful of you to share this! I agree and have fallen in love with the architectural details in this beautiful city, too. Absolutely, I’m happy you are a part of this journey and can’t wait to share more soon. 🙂

      xo, Steph

  • We got married in Tekik de Regil last February!!! I absolutely loved it!!!! My now husband is from the USA and I met him while finishing med school training in the USA. I planned my entire wedding in Merida while living in Dallas. If you need any tips on floral designers or even fireworks (yes, we had a ton of them), let me know! Tekik is a dream, everyone still talks about our wedding!

    Congrats and enjoy!

  • These places are seriously all so breathtaking! I would never be able to make a decision since all three of these places are literally out of this world beautiful. Even though the pictures were taken on your iPhone, I think your content was still super gorgeous!

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